Nam­ing pays trib­ute to Ted Kirk for ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil has hon­oured the mem­ory of lo­cal man Ted Kirk by nam­ing the Gayn­dah Aero­drome after him, for his ser­vices to the com­mu­nity and aero­nau­tics in the re­gion.

Mr Kirk passed away ear­lier this year and his fam­ily were at the of­fi­cial open­ing and nam­ing, in­clud­ing his wife Grace Kirk and grand­son Stu­art Kirk.

“He would be ab­so­lutely thrilled if he were here to­day,” Mrs Kirk said.

“He’d have been thrilled to bits and very proud to have this named after him.

“We only found out a cou­ple of weeks ago when the RSL in­formed us they had sub­mit­ted a let­ter to coun­cil.”

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers made the news pub­lic to those in at­ten­dance at the aero­drome re­open­ing.

“We did this as a spe­cial hon­our to one of our re­gion’s great pi­lots,” Cr Cham­bers said.

Mr Kirk’s in­flu­ence ex­tended be­yond the North Burnett.

Vis­it­ing Mem­ber for Cal­lide Jeff Seeney spoke warmly about him.

“Ted Kirk was an old mate of mine, I knew him for a long time,” Mr Seeney said.

“I know he never spoke much about his wartime ser­vice but when he did he was a fas­ci­nat­ing guy to lis­ten to and his con­tri­bu­tion to that war ef­fort was only ex­ceeded by his con­tri­bu­tion to this com­mu­nity fol­low­ing that.”

Mr Seeney said it was par­tic­u­larly fit­ting that the aero­drome be named after Mr Kirk and con­grat­u­lated coun­cil on the de­ci­sion.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd also ex­tended his re­spects to the fam­ily of Mr Kirk.

Stu­art Kirk said this was a fit­ting way to hon­our Mr Kirk’s legacy.

“It is re­ally nice, he loved fly­ing and he flew al­most up un­til he passed away,” Stu­art said.

“He passed that love of fly­ing through the fam­ily so it is very fit­ting, we are re­ally happy to see it named after him.”

Due to the late na­ture of the an­nounce­ment, Cr Cham­bers said more would be done to hon­our Mr Kirk.

“We would like to have a fit­ting trib­ute to Ted and his con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gion so we will work with the Kirk fam­ily and in the next few months have a big­ger cel­e­bra­tion,” Cr Cham­bers said.

PHOTO: ADAM MC­CLEERY

HON­OUR­ING TED KIRK: Fam­ily mem­bers of Ted Kirk gath­ered with vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries to pay their re­spects to the late Ted Kirk.

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